Why should believers keep the Feast of
By L. McGuire
Feast of Booths (Tabernacles), along with Yahuwah’s other Feasts (Appointed Times) is a foreshadowing of things to come. For instance, the children of Yisra’el were in slavery in Mitsrayim (Egypt) for 400 years. We know Yahuwah delivered the children of Yisra’el with an outstretched arm. Mitsrayim was struck with plagues. The very last plague would be far worse than any of the others. Yahuwah instructed Moshe (Moses) to tell the children of Yisra’el to take a perfect lamb on the 10th day. On the 14th day they were to kill the lamb between the evenings (Exodus 12: 3-6).The blood of the perfect lamb was to be put on the doorpost of each home and they were to eat the lamb in haste.
“And I shall pass through the land of Mitsrayim on that night, and shall smite all the first-born in the land of Mitsrayim, both man and beast. And on all the mighty ones of Mitsrayim I shall execute judgment. I am Yahuwah. “And the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I shall pass over you, and let the plague not come on you to destroy you when I smite the land of Mitsrayim.” (Exodus 12:12-13)
We learn the following in the book of Yohanan chapter one verse twenty-nine, “On the next day Yohanan saw Yahushua coming toward him, and said, “See, the Lamb of Elohim Who takes away the sin of the world!” The first Passover was a foreshadowing of the Lamb of Yahuwah. My beloved friends, we need the blood of the Passover Lamb, Yahushua poured over the doorpost of our beings. When judgment day comes and Yahuwah sees the blood of HIS Lamb over us, then the plague shall Passover us! Praise be to Yahuwah! At those words my spirit leaps for JOY!
When the children of Yisra’el left Mitsrayim, do you know the first place they went?
“And the Children of Yisra’el set out from Ra’meses to Sukkoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot besides little ones.” (Exodus 12:37)
According to the “Strong’s Complete Dictionary of Bible words”, Succoth is #5521, “a hut or lair: – booth, cottage, covert, pavilion, tabernacle, tent.”
Isn’t that interesting? They went to the city of Sukkoth or Booths. Then they headed to the edge of the wilderness (Exodus 13:30). They stayed there until Yahushua took them to the Promised Land. This will happen again. Come with me for a moment. Within the Scriptures, many verses have parallel meanings. On the surface, we can clearly see how a verse pertains to the physical. Whereas, to find the deeper spiritual meaning, one will have to search and study for it. To further explain, turn with me to the great book of Revelation chapter eighteen, verse four, “And I heard another voice from the heaven saying, “Come out of her, My people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.”
We need to separate ourselves from this world. We can be in the world but not of the world. The time is coming when the wrath of Yahuwah will be poured out on all flesh. If we obey His voice, follow Him wherever He takes us, then we will not be harmed physically by His wrath. None of the plagues harmed the children of Yisra’el, or their cattle.
“And Yahuwah shall separate between the livestock of Yisra’el and the livestock of Mitsrayim, and let no matter die of all that belongs to the children of Yisra’el.” And Yahuwah set an appointed time, saying, “Tomorrow Yahuwah is going to do this word in the land.” And Yahuwah did this word on the next day, and all the livestock of Mitsrayim died, but of the livestock of the children of Yisra’el, not one died.” (Exodus 9:4-6)
Wow! Simply amazing! When we are called to come out of her as outlined above the ‘her’ represents a church. Spiritually and physically we need to come out of Babylon (all Religious Confusion and organized religion), the Great Whore and all false Religions. We must worship Yahuwah in spirit and in truth. The path is narrow and very few find it. If you find it, may I suggest you hang on to the truth. Do not let ha shatan or the cares of this world steal it. As soon as the seed is sown, satan is ready (working through others) to rob you of it!
So why should we keep the Feast of Booths? There are many explanations on why we should and even why we shouldn’t keep the Feast of Tabernacles however the answer is quite simple. The reason why we should keep the Feast of Tabernacles is because we have been commanded to do so.
“Dwell in booths for seven days; all who are native Yisra’elites dwell in booths, so that your generations know that I made the children of Yisra’el dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Mitsrayim. I am Yahuwah your Mighty One. “(Lev. 23: 42-43)
When we observe the Feast of Tabernacles we are physically showing that we are sojourners in this world, not being conformed to this world (Romans 12:2) nor the things in it. We need to trust in Yahuwah, that He will provide a place for us to pitch our tents (Deut 1:32-33).
Yahushua talked about a horrible time that is yet to come for His followers. This time is known as the ‘Great Distress’ (Jacob’s Trouble). We know the remnant is among the gentiles [nations] (Micah 5:7-8). I believe this remnant will hear the warning call spoken in Revelation (18:4). Prior to and right on the on sought of the Great Distress, believers will either be forced from society or freely leave (Revelation 12:14). Some believe this to be another great Exodus. This may happen because we have been told the children of Yisra’el will dwell in tents again.
“But I am Yahuwah your Mighty One since the land of Mitsrayim, again I shall make you dwell in tents as in the days of the appointed time (festival).” (Hosea 12:9)
Keeping this Feast now, could help prepare us for the Great Distress. We must let Yahuwah guide us. We do not want to be a stiff-necked people like they were. If we endure to the end, Yahushua Ha’Mashiach will lead us into the promise land.
Did you know that, “The Feast of Tabernacles” will be kept in the coming Kingdom:
“And it shall be that all who are left from all the gentiles [nations] which came up against Yerushalayim, shall go up from year to year to bow themselves to the Sovereign, Yahuwah of hosts, and to observe the Festival of Booths. And it shall be, that if anyone of the clans of the earth does not come up to Yerushalayim to bow himself to the Sovereign, Yahuwah of hosts, on them there is to be no rain. And if the clan of Mitsrayim does not come up and enter in, then there is no rain. On them is the plague with which Yahuwah plagues the gentiles [nations] who do not come up to observe the Festival of Booths.”(Zec. 14:16-18)
Now that we have looked at the physical part of the feast, let’s look at some of the Spiritual parts.
“And the Word became flesh and pitched His tent among us, and we saw His esteem, esteem as of an only brought-forth of a father, complete in favour and truth.” (Yohanan|John 1:14)
This verse is talking about the Mashiach, Yahushua. The tent that He pitched was a physical body. Our bodies are also temporary dwelling places. By keeping the Feast of Tabernacles, spiritually we are acknowledging that we are sojourners in this earth. Yahushua said His kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36). Spiritually, we have been called out and delivered out of Mitsrayim. We acknowledge the Passover Lamb. Right now we are living in the wilderness dwelling in temporary homes. Most of us have left Egypt but we have not yet made it into the promise land. This is the time when believers are being deprogrammed from the inherited lies. We are learning how to be obedient children. We are being tested and tried. We watch for Yahuwah to lead us by fire at night and a cloud by day. We do this by listening to His voice. We especially wait for the coming of Yahushua Who will lead us into the promise land. Let us not be as some of them were, grumblers, having no faith, wanting to go back to Mitsrayim, back to the house of bondage! Let us be strong and courageous fearing HIM!